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Gabrielle Plumez joins WorkTok as Product Marketing Specialist

January 15, 2021

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Gabrielle “Gabbi” Plumez has joined WorkTok as a product marketing specialist, the company announced today. Plumez will oversee the marketing strategy of WorkTok, an employee engagement app. According to a press release, she will develop strong messaging and positioning for the app and will differentiate WorkTok from other platforms and deliver on…

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Next Glass Appoints Tisha Hulburd as Chief Marketing Officer

January 15, 2021

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Next Glass, a global provider of software, content, and experiences to the alcoholic beverage industry, recently announced the addition of Tisha Hulburd as the company’s first Chief Marketing Officer. A seasoned marketing professional with over two decades’ worth of experience, Hulburd will be responsible for developing strategies that optimize synergies across the Next Glass family…

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Commission recommends 40% funding increase for North Carolina DOT

January 15, 2021

by Johnny Kampis, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Less than a year after an audit of the N.C. Department of Transportation found massive overspending, a blue-ribbon panel is recommending the department get a 40% budget hike. The N.C. First Commission recently suggested that state transportation should get an additional $2 billion annually to deal…

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Elm Street Technology Acquires Wilmington-based Flow ROI

January 15, 2021

DALLAS, TX — Earlier this week, Elm Street Technology announced the acquisition of Wilmington-based Flow ROI, a provider of real estate transaction management software for real estate brokerages, teams and agents. According to a press release, the addition of Flow ROI strategically enhances Elm Street’s end-to-end Elevate platform, which provides a comprehensive suite of real estate…

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U.S. Chamber CEO Urges a ‘Rally for Recovery’ Through Infrastructure, Immigration Reform, Workforce Reskilling, and Global Competitiveness

January 15, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the annual State of American Business speech on Tuesday, U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas J. Donohue outlined the path for a widespread economic recovery through a bold agenda of infrastructure investments, workforce reskilling, immigration reforms, and reinvigorating America’s global competitiveness. Additionally, he warned that excessive regulations and anti-competitive taxes would…

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Small Business Optimism Drops Below Index Average in December

January 15, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index declined 5.5 points in December to 95.9, falling below the average Index value since 1973 of 98. Nine of the 10 Index components declined and only one improved. Owners expecting better business conditions over the next six months declined 24 points to a net negative 16%.…

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Brunswick County real estate market sets sales record in 2020, exceeding $2 billion

January 15, 2021

Brunswick County’s residential real estate market set a new record in 2020 with $2,157,449,018 in total sales volume, up 51.3% compared to 2019. Monthly numbers also hit record highs in December, with increases in homes sold and total sales volume. “2020 was full of unknowns and uncertainty, but Brunswick County’s real estate market did more…

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Duke Energy establishes relationship with Optus Bank to support minority-owned businesses

January 14, 2021

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Duke Energy announced today it has deposited $5 million into Optus Bank, a Black-owned bank based in South Carolina, furthering the company’s support for diverse and minority-owned businesses, individuals and low income communities. The transaction was completed at the end of 2020. One of approximately 20 banks designated as Black or African…

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State lawmakers gear up for busy 2021-22 session with COVID-19 in focus

January 14, 2021

By David Bass, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — COVID-19 and the ongoing fallout from the pandemic will likely dominate the 2021-22 session of the General Assembly. On tap for lawmakers is crafting a new budget for the biennium plus drawing new legislative and congressional maps for the next decade based on fresh census data. A divided…

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Dosher Appoints Linda Conner as Patient Accounts Manager

January 13, 2021

SOUTHPORT – Dosher Memorial Hospital has hired Linda Conner to assume the role of Patient Accounts Manager.  Ms. Conner, a Virginia Native, has worked in healthcare for the majority of her career and was the Manager of Patient Financial Services and Patient Access for Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital prior to joining Dosher. “We have tremendous…

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N.C. Small Businesses Say Financial Assistance, Easier Access to Pandemic Relief Sources Needed

January 13, 2021

New survey reports concerns as COVID-19 continues to impact the state Raleigh, N.C. – Most North Carolina small businesses remain open but have seen revenues decline in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to results from a new survey of North Carolina small businesses released today by the Department of Commerce. The report also shows more…

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General Assembly will deal with pandemic, budget, redistricting, and more, Locke experts say

January 13, 2021

by Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service Lawmakers are returning to Raleigh, and they have a loaded agenda.  The legislative session begins Wednesday, Jan. 13, when lawmakers will deal with the pandemic, pass a budget, complete redistricting, and tackle needed reforms. Republicans remain in control of both chambers, but they lack the numbers to override…

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Business Advice & Expertise

The “R” in RPIE

December 17, 2020

During the course of my public relations training, I’ve studied a four-step process dubbed “RPIE.” The four steps are: R = Research P = Planning I = Implementation E = Evaluation. The research phase is intended to ensure that a client or organization builds its campaign based upon valid assumptions and informed insight, not guesses…

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A Refresher in Media Relations

November 17, 2020

Technology is transforming the world of public relations and strategic communication, and many now view the press release as a relic of ages past. At the start of my public relations career over two decades ago, much of my work revolved around traditional media relations. These days, more and more of our work is digital…

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When Tensions are High, Think Before You Speak, Post, or Send

July 15, 2020

The events of 2020 have dramatically altered the communication landscape in which leaders must operate. This year has been so filled with crises that memes speculating on what could be next are a prevalent feature in my social media feeds. As leaders, we must understand that emotions run high during a crisis, with fear and…

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Opinion & Commentary

Opinion: Curfew is Cooper’s latest move in state’s fight against bars, alcohol

December 17, 2020

by John Trump Gov. Roy Cooper — and scores of politicians like them — have since March imposed noxious closures and lockdowns with the altruistic goal of keeping us safe. In reality, these government-imposed suppressions have done little but wreck our mental and physical health and devastate our economy. About 100 Triangle restaurants, bars, and similar service businesses…

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Opinion: Compensate victims of regulation

December 14, 2020

by John Hood As of November, North Carolina’s state government has some $4 billion in unreserved cash in its General Fund, plus well north of $1 billion in its rainy-day account and other reserves. Other states would dearly love to be in North Carolina’s shoes. They’re looking at large budget deficits with woefully insufficient savings to close…

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Opinion: Cooper blunders on rural broadband

December 4, 2020

by Joseph Coletti Local communities, legislators, and businesses are having a hard time understanding why Gov. Roy Cooper’s budget office pulled the plug on $32 million in grants for rural broadband projects that had attracted 70 applicants. Although some have raised concerns Cooper is redirecting the money to a pet project, the issue seems as…

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